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Day meeting a sucess for harness club

Echuca Harness Racing Club said it was a successful event at the club's first day meeting in more than 10 years on Wedensday.

GEORDIE COWAN June 6, 2014 3:36am

Stormy Lecture won race four from Desiring Bella on Wednesday.

Echuca Harness Racing Club manager Steve Ferguson said the club’s first day meeting in more than 10 years was a success.

Held in nice weather conditions, the manager said crowds were a bit down on the club’s regular Tuesday night meeting, but said the racing was enjoyable.

‘‘I think it was a very successful day,’’ he said.

‘‘It was very good finishing with all the horses.

‘‘There were a lot of close finishes, with many photo finishes.’’

Ferguson said the club received a lot of positive feedback about the move to a day meeting.

‘‘People said it was a wonderful idea,’’ he said.

‘‘The turnover was quite good and we had 97 horses entered for the meeting. It was a strong attendance.

‘‘As a spectacle, it was easier to see the race unfold.’’

Ferguson said the club would look into hosting day meetings in the future, but preferably on Sundays.

‘‘During winter it might be a worthwhile proposition for next season or other seasons to come,’’ he said.

‘‘We had a lot of horses come from Wagga, Narrandera, Albury ... all big distances.

‘‘We even had horses from Mt Gambier and the reason they came was because it was a day meeting.’’

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